Website The Nature Conservancy

Location: Lansing, MI


Achieving our 2030 goals will require new skills, creativity and vision from a director of operations, and someone who can attract and manage talent and engage staff, recruit diverse voices, and help us forge clear and transparent ways of working together. As outlined in the description, the Michigan Director of Operations will provide coordination, integration and efficiency for our people, systems, and processes to advance TNC’s goals in Michigan and beyond. This is a full time, management position, and will be based in Lansing, Michigan.

The Nature Conservancy (TNC) has defined ambitious global goals to address catastrophic environmental challenges facing people and nature. Achieving our 2030 targets by the end of the decade will require new skills, engaged staff, diverse voices, and clear and transparent ways of working together. The Michigan Director of Operations will provide coordination, integration and efficiency for our people, systems, and processes to advance TNC’s goals in Michigan and beyond.

About TNC

Since 1951, The Nature Conservancy has been doing work you can believe in protecting the lands and waters that all life depends on. As a science-based organization, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that we can create a world in which people and nature thrive.

We’re rooted in our Mission and guided by our Values, which includes a Commitment to Diversity and Respect for People, Communities, and Cultures. We know we’ll only achieve our Mission by hiring and engaging a diverse workforce that reflects the communities in which we work. Whether it’s career development, work/life balance, or a rewarding mission, there’s lots of reasons to love life #insideTNC. Our goal is to cultivate an inclusive work environment so that all of our colleagues around the globe feel a sense of belonging, and that their unique contributions to our mission are valued.

Although you’ll see requirements in our postings, we recognize that people come with talent and experiences outside of a job. Passion, innovation, and diversity are all key components to advancing our Mission and we encourage you to apply.

All TNC staff based in the U.S. or a U.S. Territory are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Proof of receiving one of the vaccines approved in the U.S. (Pfizer, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson) shall be condition of employment and must be provided prior to starting work. TNC is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and reasonable accommodations for candidates who cannot be vaccinated due to a valid medical or religious reason will be considered.

Essential Functions

The Michigan Director of Operations will develop a deep understanding of TNC’s operational and conservation initiatives and apply excellent communication skills and a strong work ethic to help establish clear goals and metrics for the Chapter.

This role will be central to our Human Resources & People initiatives, working closely with the Michigan and North American Regional HR colleagues. They help design talent management succession tools, and support Michigan Chapter staff by engaging in TNC diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice initiatives. They also provide guidance to staff on compliance with organizational and legal requirements. The Director also plays a key role in helping TNC’s Michigan Chapter optimize talent and resource management and manage risk effectively to achieve significant conservation outcomes.

The Director oversees the development and implementation of annual budgets for the Michigan Chapter—managing, guiding, and supporting staff in the processes for annual and three-year planning. Throughout this process, the Director helps staff efficiently direct resources for the greatest conservation impact, as well as monitor progress. They must become familiar with the information and project management systems and resources utilized by the chapter, and apply that knowledge as they develop documentation, modify processes, and participate in the use and enhancement of TNC systems and tools. The Director also leads the implementation of adaptive management processes that quantitatively assess performance, with the support of the chapter’s People, Finance, IT, and Operations functions.

The Director will work in close cooperation with any or all the following: TNC staff, donors, trustees, vendors, legal and accounting professionals, and other professionals inside and outside the organization. They will manage complex tasks, analyze situations, evaluate alternatives and outcomes, and implement solutions. The compensation for this role begins at $78,500 and is commensurate with skills and experience.

Responsibilities and Scope

  • Develop and implement initiatives that ensure department and organization-wide goals, and strategies are achieved.
  • Ensure programmatic commitments, TNC policies and procedures, and legal requirements are met and managed for compliance. Decisions may bind the organization financially or legally.
  • Increase the Michigan Chapter’s ability to accurately track the performance of our People, Finance, Development, Communications, and Conservation metrics.
  • Liaise between Michigan Chapter Teams, Midwest Division Teams, and North America Regional Teams to support or lead priority initiatives and projects.
  • Ensure input, comprehensiveness, consistency, and quality of data entered in TNC’s Shared Conservation Hub.
  • Provide reports on progress against our organizational goals on a consistent basis to the Michigan Management Team.
  • Work closely with the State Director to create meaningful reporting tools and presentations for the Michigan Board of Trustees.
  • Monitor budget, forecast, sustainability, and strategic financial plans.
  • Review and monitor Income Statement and balance sheet (including pledges) items at month and year-end close.
  • Identify and implement actions to reduce our carbon footprint and improve sustainability practices with the development and creation of a Chapter Sustainability Plan.
  • Provide financial expertise on land deals or other special projects.
  • Work with Development and Finance staff to ensure revenue, expenses and net assets are managed to reflect donor intent.
  • Maintain confidentiality of frequently sensitive and emotionally charged information.
  • Manage and implement multiple projects across multiple programs, including setting deadlines and ensuring accountability.
  • Coordinates and/or participates in diversity, equity, inclusion and justice efforts at the chapter or divisional level on behalf of the Michigan Chapter.
  • Act independently and in supervisor’s stead as needed; exercise independent judgment to identify and solve problems.
  • Travel occasionally, working long and flexible hours as needed.
  • May supervise one or more administrative or professional staff; responsibilities include training and professional development.
  • Work environment involves only infrequent exposure to disagreeable elements and minor physical exertion and/or strain.
  • Work is diversified and may not always fall under established practices and guidelines.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree and 6 years related experience or equivalent combination, including 2 years managing operations functions.
  • Finance / Accounting experience.
  • Experience acting as an ethical role model, and demonstrated experience handling confidential information.
  • Experience generating financial reports and analyzing and interpreting data.
  • Experience leading and implementing multiple projects and complex processes.
  • Experience in research, critical analysis, and evaluating information from divergent sources and compiling it into cohesive reports.
  • Experience developing and administering departmental budget or equivalent.
  • Experience negotiating agreements.
  • Experience working with cross-functional teams.
  • Supervisory experience including setting objectives, managing performance, and conflict resolution.

Desired Experience

  • Experience in supporting Human Resources processes.
  • Demonstrated ability to motivate and encourage others to achieve sustained progress in a positive, supportive work environment.
  • Demonstrated experience helping others successfully navigate change.
  • Demonstrated ability in negotiating and influencing.
  • Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated.
  • Demonstrated commitment to local, on-the-ground involvement with people, communities, and cultures, with awareness and sensitivity to  their economic realities.
  • Demonstrated ability to successful engage with others across diverse worldviews, experiences, and interests.
  • Active listening skills, including awareness of body language and physical-mental-emotional linkages.
  • Ability to engage others through dynamic, empathetic, and articulate presentations and dialogue.
  • Ability to work in partnership with others in a collaborative or advisory role.
  • Demonstrated ability to conceive and write creatively for various audiences.
  • Experience developing, managing, and implementing goals, plans, and complex processes.
  • Expertise in current and evolving technology related to field of experience.
  • Expert knowledge of current and evolving trends in relevant discipline, preferably in a non-profit environment.
  • Proficiency in interpreting guidelines and manipulating, analyzing, and interpreting data.
  • Successful experience managing and implementing strategic program goals.
  • Superior planning and problem-solving skills.
  • Accounting degree and CPA accreditation.
  • Non-profit GAAP accounting experience.

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